2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Midday Glance: Gold companies
Shares of some top gold companies are down at 1 p.m.: Barrick Gold Corp. fell $.05 or .3 percent, to $18.64. Gold Fields Ltd ADS fell $.08 or 2.0 percent, to $3.99. GoldCorp. fell $.25 or .9 percent, to ...
- New iPhone 6 leak gives us a great look at the device’s major redesign
The rear iPhone 6 shell which has appeared in various reports so far has leaked yet again, as YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice has apparently scored a copy of the component directly from a manufacturer. In a short video, iCrackUriDevice goes over all the design changes expected for the iPhone 6, including the phone’s thin profile, relocated power button, iPod touch-like volume rockers, round corners, redesigned antennas on the back, and increased size of the device, while comparing it to last year’s flagship iPhone model, the iPhone 5s. FROM EARLIER: Foxconn pulls out the big guns to ensure iPhone 6 production goes perfectly The component is similar to other iPhone 6 rear shell leaks, and is consistent with what the many iPhone 6 dummy
- The 20% market correction has already started
- Today in New Jersey: Cops Shut Down Wedding After 300 Guests Brawl
Here's how to turn an immaculately planned dream wedding into a nightmare: Start a brawl that spills out into the street, requires multiple police departments to quell, and prematurely ends the reception. A wedding at Jacques Reception Center in Middletown, New Jersey, erupted into chaos Sunday night, when about 300 people got involved in a massive, violent, and loud brawl that ended with two people arrested. Though the reception center boasts "the warmth and charm of old world Rome," the guests may have confused the setting for Sparta, dining more in hell than in celebration, as neighbors in the area told police they could hear the screaming from three blocks away. "As officers from Middletown were attempting to gain control of the situation, approximately 300 people became involved in the altercation which consisted of fighting, yelling and screaming and people refusing to leave the area and returned inside to the reception," Middletown Police Department spokesman Steve Dollinger said in a statement.
- Chinese officials cut corners with rectangular running track
Chinese officials painted a rectangular running track at a stadium as they rushed preparations for a visit by their superiors, state media reported Tuesday. "Leaders, this is the newly developed right-angled running track," wrote one poster on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo, imitating the tone of a lower-ranking Chinese official reporting to his superior. "We have become the first country in the world to have such tracks! I believe (Chinese athletes) will outperform other countries' (athletes) after scientific training on such a running track!" China National Radio described the forestry administration stadium in Tonghe county, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, as having "rectangular tracks" around the football pitch.
- Origins of Mysterious World Trade Center Ship Revealed
In July 2010, amid the gargantuan rebuilding effort at the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, construction workers halted the backhoes when they uncovered something unexpected just south of where the Twin Towers once stood. Now, a new report finds that tree rings in those waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia. What's more, the ship was perhaps made from the same kind of white oak trees used to build parts of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed, according to the study published this month in the journal Tree-Ring Research. Archaeologists had been on-site throughout the excavation of the World Trade Center's Vehicular Security Center.
- Whale watching boat snagged by rope docks safely
BOSTON (AP) — Passengers on a whale watch boat are back on dry land after spending a long night stuck at sea outside Boston.
- Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets on Tuesday, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist militants in the enclave. Israel's Channel Two TV said progress was being made on such a deal in Cairo, where a Palestinian delegation is expected later on Tuesday, although the station retracted an earlier report that a truce had already been provisionally agreed. Health officials said at least 84 Palestinians died in some of heaviest bombardments from air, sea and land since Israel's offensive began on July 8 in response to rocket salvoes fired by Hamas and its militant allies. The Israeli assault intensified after the deaths of 10 troops in Palestinian cross-border attacks on Monday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning of a long conflict ahead.